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    Thread die holder

    Here's my take on the humble die holder.
    The holder i got with a cheap tap and die set wasn't too great and once i tried to thread a 10mm bar it split in half.
    So being a cheapskate i decided to just make my own from scrap 6061 aluminium i had lying around.
    Drew up the design in cad/cam and machined it on the cnc. ally was 15mm thick and i cut it out using a 1/8" endmill.
    Can share the dxf if anyone likes, was drawn in vcarve pro.
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    Hi, nice, build !
    Just one question, why did you go for an octagonal interior shape ?
    With your CNC, you could have cut it round ?
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    Thanks Christophe.
    The dies i have are all hex shaped so that's why i went with that design.

    edit: i see what you mean, the photos dont show that they are hex shaped dies all that well, at first glance they look round :P
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    OK, understood.

    And what about your CNC mill, is it homemade ? On the other thread where you show a photo, the cutting head seems to be pow a wood router ?
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    Thanks baskarz! I've added your Threading Die Holder to our Tapping and Threading category, as well as to your builder page: baskarz's Homemade Tools. Your receipt:


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    Yes the cnc is homemade and from mostly recycled materials.
    It is an Ozito 850w router controlled by a SuperPID.
    I built it around 2 years ago and its had quite a workout in those 2 years.
    I will post the cnc up once i find all my build photos

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    That's a great holder! You say the original split in half??!! Jeez! Quality tools are getting rarer (or hideously expensive) these days.

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    I'd like a copy of the DXF.

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    Thanks DIYer, it was a cheap and nasty set, the holder was poorly cast alloy and didn't take much to fail.

    Here is the dxf for those interested. Its a simple 2d drawing and i used 1/2" 6061 to make it.
    The hex pocket i made 9mm deep and it was all cut with a 1/8" 2 flute endmill.
    You could use a thicker material and the handles are just some allthread i had laying around with peices of aluminium tube slid over it.

    Die holder.zip

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    Of all things that manufacturers cheap out on. smh

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